Fee increases make travel firms worried to death


VietNamNet Bridge - The Ministry of Finance's decision to raise the fees and charges on travelers has made travel firms worried stiff. They fear that the higher fees would keep travelers away.   The ministry's Circular No. 190 stipulates that from January 1, 2013, the visa granting fee would be nearly double the previous level. Travelers would have to pay US$80 to obtain the visa with the validity of up to one year, $100 for the visa to be valid for 1-2 years, and $120 for 2-3 year … [Read more...]

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Cell phone tree sends message

by Phuong Mai Cell phone tree sends message One fully lit Christmas tree in the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta Province of Tien Giang is sending out a strong message on environmental protection to the country. The 2.5m tall tree, made of 2,500 broken and discarded cell phones, has 32 layers of "leaves" and weighs 500kg. The tree stands at the Westcom Electronics Supermarket in My Tho City. Tran Hoang Quan, director of the supermarket, said it took him and his staff eight months and 10 days to … [Read more...]

Leading tourism business honoured


The Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT) and the Vietnam Tourism Association jointly held a ceremony in the Hanoi Opera House on October 17, 2011 to present the Vietnam Tourism Awards 2010 to 50 excellent tourism businesses. The participants in the ceremony included Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism (MoCST) Hoang Tuan Anh, Deputy Minister of MoCST Ho Anh Tuan, Vice chairwoman of the HCM City People's Committee Nguyen Thi Hong, the leaders of VNAT and VITA, representatives … [Read more...]

Peace at the end of the road

Memories of a battle-torn Cu Chi in her youth, when she fought in the tunnels, have spurred a veteran soldier to turn the land into a park to preserve its history.

by Pham Hoang Nam Tran Thi Tuyet Nga first arrived in Cu Chi in 1961 when the area was peaceful and plentiful. When she went back 10 years later, Cu Chi was a desolate battlefield during the American War, where nothing could survive above ground. Nga lived in a tunnel, fought and witnessed thousands of comrades sacrifice their lives. Her memories of those times inspired her. She had a dream to build something wonderful there and in 1991 the first bricks were transported to Bo Cap (Scorpion) … [Read more...]

Tourism industry shows signs of recovery

Foreign tourists visit Cat Ba Island off Hai Phong City in the north (Photo: Tuong Thuy)

The tourism sector has shown signs of recovery with a sharp increase in the number of people booking tourist services, especially local tours, on the anniversary of the Reunification Day, April 30, and May Day. Hotels and guest houses at famous tourist resorts nationwide have been fully booked for over a month. Hong Gai Tourist reported a rise in holiday-makers of 120 percent year on year while Lua Viet Tour said its booking had increased by 50 percent and Ben Thanh Tourist by 20 percent. The … [Read more...]

Many Firsts in Vung Tau


A new weekend tour by Lua Viet in Vung Tau on the East Sea takes visitors to six unique sites -- like the first lighthouse in Viet Nam and the country's only greyhound breeding center. Vung Tau is famous for its crystalline beaches and beautiful weather (Photo: Dieu Ha) Visitors to this city, which lies 120 km southeast of Ho Chi Minh City, possibly see many of these places without knowing the importance attached to them. The first lighthouse in Viet Nam Most coastal cities have a … [Read more...]